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                      Please note:  our tutor will be here

   on Friday 29th August instead of on Thursday 28th August from 12-2pm



   Monday         closed

   Tuesday        12 to 2pm

   Wednesday   12 to 2pm

   Thursday       12 to 2pm

   Friday            closed

   Our usual term-time opening hours resume on Monday 29 September

Wednesday workshops

We run workshops on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 3pm. The programme for the Autumn term 2014 will be available here soon. 

QTS numeracy skills test 

1. The following book is recommended:



(Fifth Edition, 2012)

(Earlier editions do not have practice tests, and are therefore not as useful.)

2. Drop-in maths support is available at the Maths Support Centre, which is on the 1st floor of the main library, Whiteknights; see elsewhere on this website for opening times.

3. Click here for "Teachers Talk: The online Teaching Community", with links to practice tests for the QTS Numeracy test.

4. These worksheets contain typical QTS test questions:

Practice Questions 1 QTS Numeracy skills test
Practice Questions for QTS mental arithmetic ... percentages (1)
Practice Questions for QTS mental arithmetic ... percentages (2)
Practice Questions for QTS Numeracy skills test ... miscellaneous (1)

5. For official information about the numeracy skills test (and other related information) provided by the Department for Education, visit and follow the link to 'Numeracy skills tests'.

6. Access to some on-line practice papers can be purchased (from a company called 'Numeracy Ready Ltd'). They charge £19.99 for 3 months' access.

Visit for further details.

NOTE: This advertisement appears here at the request of Numeracy Ready Ltd.


Printable worksheets

For a very large selection of worksheets, please visit the Maths Support Centre's Blackboard site.

(Drop in to see us, or send an email, if you are not already enrolled on our Blackboard site.)

Maths lessons on video

For a wide range of short videos, visit 

For more videos, visit and choose the subject you want.

Maths leaflets

For a wide range of printable leaflets, visit  and select the topic you want.

Interactive help with . . . algebra

To practice solving linear equations, visit

Help with . . . partial differentiation

For help with understanding partial differentiation, there is a good
explanation in the textbook 'Foundation Maths', by Anthony Croft and Robert Davison. There are many copies of this book in the main library, Whiteknights; you'll find them on the second floor, with shelf-mark 510-CRO.

There is also a very good explanation of partial differentiation in this text book:

Maths for Economics (third edition)

by Geoff Renshaw

(see e.g. sections 14.5 and 14.6, on pages 401 to 410, with practice questions, and answers, also)

There are many copies of this book in the University library, shelf-mark: 330.182 REN

Help with . . . psychometric tests

Applicants to many companies are now required to take numerical psychometric tests. We hold workshops which give you practice in answering typical test questions (please bring a calculator).  

No need to book - just turn up

The dates of the Psychometric Test workshops to be held in 2014/15 will be available here soon.

For practice test papers, visit the Maths Support Centre on the 1st floor of the main Whiteknights library.

For further practice questions, see Practice Psychometric Tests, by Andrea Shavick (2005 and later reprints). There are several copies in the University library, shelf mark 658.311 SHA (on the second floor).

For more test papers, visit this list of Numerical Psychometric tests

Help with . . . Statistics and Probability

1) For help with statistics and probability questions, please come to the Maths Support Centre desk, where we can advise you on the best way to get the help you need. Alternatively, send an email to, describing the topic/s you need help with.

Depending on what the topic is that you need help with, we will either:

  • help you straight away; or
  • offer you an appointment to see our specialist statistics tutor: appointments are available on Wednesdays during term time from 2 to 4pm.

2) For on-line help with a wide selection of statistics topics, visit statstutor

3) For statistics books in the University library, visit this Statistics booklist

4) For help with SPSS or MINITAB, both short courses and online tutorials are available (as well as support classes that are organised by individual lecturers for some modules), as follows:

For SPSS and MINITAB short courses, visit the IT services timetable by topic page .

For online tutorials, visit the .

5) If you need help with statistics or analysing data relating to a postgraduate degree (PhD, MSc, MA etc) please consult the Statistical Advisory Service

6) For a very large collection of video tutorials on probability and statistical topics, visit and scroll down to the sections on 'Probability' and 'Statistics'.

These topics are included:

Laws of probability

Permutations and combinations

Probability density functions

Binomial probability

Poisson probability

Standard deviation and variance


Normal distribution


'How to solve it'

The famous book 'How to solve it' by George Polya (1887-1985) contains many useful hints and tips for solving mathematical problems. First published in 1945, the book has been reprinted many times since, and is currently available as a Penguin paperback. It can be found in the University library, shelfmark 510.76-POL.


Things to do now

Drop-in and see us:

Opening hours (term-time)

12.00-18.00 (Monday to Thursday)

12.00-16.00 (Fridays)

Opening hours (vacation)

12.00-14.00 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)  

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